CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - The NBA and Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday the 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be hosted in the city of Charlotte.
Charlotte Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan released the following statement today:
“We are thrilled the league has awarded NBA All-Star 2019 to the city of Charlotte. We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City. All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world. We look forward to serving as hosts for NBA All-Star 2019 and welcoming all visitors and guests to Spectrum Center.”
Statement from the city of Charlotte:
This announcement comes after the All-Star Game was pulled in 2016 due to HB2. The NBA decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans instead.
New Orleans replaced Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided that it wouldn't hold its marquee, mid-season event in North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
With the repeal of HB2 in early 2017, Charlotte was put back on the list of possible cities.
This would be one of the largest events, bigger than the 2012 Democratic National Convention, bringing people from all over the United States and the world.
"We in Charlotte believe we can host global events and do a great job doing so. This will give us an opportunity to work with the NBA. To have 350 media folks that are international come to our community and be able to see how beautiful Uptown Charlotte is. To spend some time in our convention center, Bojangles arena, and here at spectrum center. To have the best basketball player in the world come into our city for a weekend of fun and our community is really looking forward to it," President and COO of the Charlotte Hornets Fred Whitfield said.
The game won't be back until 2019 but that gives Charlotte more time to work out any kinks.
"We think 2019 is going to be a blessing in disguise and it will be even bigger and better and we are committed to doing everything we can to have an open and inclusive environment," Whitfield said.
Many hope this change of heart will also have other event coordinators warming up to Charlotte once again.
"Hopefully if we do a great job here. Hopefully the NFL will take notice and will consider Charlotte for a future Superbowl," Whitfield said.
The All-Star Game will air in over 200 countries and translated into 49 other languages. This is an event that will put Charlotte on the global stage.